“A sip-by-sip travelogue; fresh, funny and full of fizz”
Two women, both in their 50s, decide to do a backpacking tour of Lake District gin-makers, complete with selfless cake sampling and less than reliable weather. Not a small undertaking for even the most established of friendships, but these two had never even met! A terrifically entertaining read.
This little book will delight anyone who has even a passing interest in witches, witchcraft and folk history
The book is intended as an imagining of the kind of notebooks that witches often created to help them remember their spells. It reveals a great deal about the beliefs of many ordinary folk at a time when modern medicine was not available. Based on surviving evidence, it is handwritten by Joyce Froome, a writer and researcher specialising in the history of witchcraft and magic.
The story of Reading is a long and fascinating one, and this superb book is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of the town.
Leading local historian Joan Dils traces the history of Reading, which over the last 1000 years has attracted Romans, Vikings and Normans, as well as a host of influential individuals. During the twentieth century, Reading has slowly become a centre of the knowledge economy, a vibrant university town, and major transport hub.
“There are some wonderful stories here – in fact they are all in their diff erent ways captivating and remarkable.” Dr Alan Crosby
Meticulous research in Cheshire’s rich archives, help uncover individuals such as a mediaeval gang member, an Elizabethan woman addicted to marriage, and an innocent girl who drank from the wrong bottle. Spanning generations, author Peter Cotgreave allows this irresistible cast of characters to live again in the pages of this unique book.
“Norfolk is the secret jewel of England” Stephen Fry
This book is truly remarkable, in its comprehensiveness, readability and visual beauty. The relaxed, flowing style and gorgeous illustrations will make this an instant classic of county history, a companion for all readers. Historian Chris Barringer lost his heart to Norfolk. This book brings together half a lifetime’s experience of exploring the towns and villages, researching a treasury of archives, and absorbing the unique magic of this wonderful county.
This invaluable book provides clear, wise and always practical advice about the process of research and writing. Now completely updated.
Written with humour and understanding, this book is an enjoyable introduction to the subject, especially for those who enjoy local history, wish to write and possibly publish, or for students of history who want authoritative guidance on the preparation of dissertations and theses.
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